r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/EggCounselor Jan 15 '22

Restaurant industry is one of those where it’s hard to come by people with the right set of skills and nerve. Once you’re in you’re in kind of deal and you get away with a lot. So if you’re one of those good ones and come back after being awol for 2 weeks the boss might just act like it never happened because he knows he needs you. Thing is it’s also hard to come by bosses like that. When it works it works. I know a friend who used to make 2 grand a week. He eventually stopped working 72 hours a week, down to about 40 and was still making well over 1,000. If that restaurant paid him a salary he’d be making half of that.

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u/Syrdon Jan 15 '22

If he was being paid salary, there’s no reason he should be expecting any less (at least pretax). Clearly the customers think he’s worth the extra price on the bill, so the business income isn’t the problem. The owner might try to get a larger cut, but that’s a labor relations problem.

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u/EggCounselor Jan 15 '22

Maybe I wasn’t clear. He was bringing in at least $300 a night. That’s a slow night. Usually it was 400-600, and he was working 6 days a week. He was making damn near 150k a year before taxes.

There’s absolutely no way he’d be making out with that much on a salary working at a restaurant. Zero chance. Let’s take into account the time period where he stopped putting in all that OT. Average $300/day working 260 days out of the year. That’s 80k which is well over what most top level managers make at mid-high end establishments. Not happening for a server.

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u/Syrdon Jan 15 '22

Why not? Customers are clearly willing to pay for it, so the only question is what he can force management to live with. If they’re that willing to accept deeply inconsistent work, they’ll pay the rate to make it.

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u/EggCounselor Jan 15 '22

Are you under the impression that what customers are willing to pay has any sort of significant impact on low level employee salary, if any?

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u/Syrdon Jan 15 '22

That’s what unions are for. That said, if you’re pulling in that much, and your employer is willing to tolerate the stuff previously mentioned from you, you aren’t a low level employee.